SOUTHWESTERN INDUSTRIES, INC.

CNC Technology for Small Lot Machining

Southwestern Industries

ProtoTRAK PMX

Powerful technology that simplifies CNC complexity

  • Powerful but easy to learn and use
  • PMX technology eliminates the "sea of buttons” normally associated with VMCs
  • Integrated into the TRAK LPM VMC
  • 3-axis CNC, 3-axis DRO (4th axis option)
  • Runs ProtoTRAK conversational language, G-code, CAM, 2 and 3-D CAD conversion software, and Verify Machining Simulation software

Powerful ProtoTRAK conversational language programming

Verify Machining Simulation Software reduces programming time, rework and scrap

Parasolid 3D and DXF 2D CAD file converters reduce programming time and help eliminate errors (Optional)

Generate or edit G code at the machine for added programming convenience and flexibility

Program annotation notes and photos make it easy to remember and use past set-ups

Specifications for ProtoTRAK PMX

ProtoTRAK PMX Hardware Specifications
  • Jog wheel for TRAKing and positioning
  • 12.1" color active-matrix screen
  • Industrial-grade Celeron® processor
  • 512 MB Ram
  • 4 User USB connectors
  • Override of program feedrate
  • LED status lights built into display
  • RJ45 Port with 10/100 Ethernet
  • Override of program spindle speed
  • 4th axis interface
Software Features - General Operation
  • Clear, uncluttered screen display
  • Prompted data inputs
  • English language – no codes
  • Soft keys - change within context
  • Windows® operating system
  • Color graphics with adjustable views
  • Inch/mm selectable
  • Convenient modes of operation
  • Absolute Home location
  • Spindle load indicator
  • Reference to ball lock locations on table
  • Dimension reference indicator
  • Selectable view between Current and Staged programs
DRO Mode Features
  • Incremental and absolute dimensions
  • Jog with selectable feed rates
  • Powerfeed X, Y or Z
  • Servo return to 0 absolute
  • Go To Dimensions from convenient reference
  • Spindle speed setting with manual override
  • Selectable handwheel resolution
  • Convenient choice of dimensional references:
  • Machine Home, Part Zero, Abs
  • Zero Ball lock locations
Program Mode Features
  • Auto Geometry Engine
  • Geometry-based programming
  • Tool Path programming
  • Scaling of print data
  • Multiple fixture offsets
  • Programming of Auxiliary Functions
  • Event Comments
  • Three-axis Geometry conversational programming
  • Incremental and absolute dimensions
  • Automatic diameter cutter comp
  • Circular interpolation
  • Linear interpolation
  • Look –graphics with a single button push
  • List step – graphics with programmed events displayed
  • Alphanumeric program names
  • Program data editing
  • Program pause
  • Conrad – automatic corner radius
  • Programmable spindle speeds
  • Math helps with graphical interface
  • Auto load of math solutions
  • Tool step over adjustable for pocket routines
  • Pocket bottom finish pass
  • Selectable ramp or plunge cutter entry
  • Subroutine repeat of programmed events
  • Nesting
  • Rotate about Z axis for skewing data
  • Copy
  • Copy rotate
  • Copy mirror
  • Tool data entry in event programming
  • Selectable retract in Bore operations
Auxiliary Functions
  • Coolant on/off
  • Air on/off
  • Pulse indexer (interface for a third party indexer)
  • Part change table position
Canned Cycles
  • Position
  • Drill
  • Bolt Hole
  • Mill
  • Arc
  • Circle pocket
  • Rectangular pocket
  • Irregular Pocket
  • Circular profile
  • Rectangular profile
  • Irregular Profile
  • Circle Island
  • Rectangular Island
  • Irregular Island
  • Helix
  • Thread milling
  • Engrave
  • Tapping
  • Face Mill
Edit Mode Features
  • Delete events
  • Erase program
  • Spreadsheet editing
  • Global data change
  • G-Code editor
  • Clipboard to copy events between programs
  • Move between subprograms in a master program
Program Set Up Mode Features
  • Verify Machining Simulation
  • Advanced tool library
  • Tool names
  • Tool length offset with modifiers
  • Tool path graphics with adjustable views
  • Program run time estimation clock
  • Convenient part/fixture management screen
  • Fixture offsets
  • Part offsets within fixture
  • Convenient manual tool handling when tools required exceed ATC capacity
  • Photo storage and display
  • Notes
  • Z Safety Dimension to prevent crashes
  • Tool Crib
  • Tool by Tool or Part by Part run strategy
  • Convenient Tool Reconciliation between programs and ATC
  • Convenient ATC capacity
Machine Set Up Mode Features
  • Advanced diagnostic routines
  • Software travel limits set in the factory
  • Prompted Tool loading and ATC Management
  • Checklist to assure nothing is forgotten
Run Mode Features
  • TRAKing
  • 3D G code file run with tool comp
  • Real time run graphics with tool icon
  • Countdown clock/run time estimator
  • Error alarms prevent Run when set up steps are skipped
  • Work on Staged programs while Current program runs
Program In/Out Mode Features
  • CAM program converter
  • Converter for prior-generation ProtoTRAK programs
  • DXF/DWG file converter (Optional)
  • Selection of file storage locations
  • Automatic file back-up routine
  • Preview graphics for unopened files
  • Networking
  • Create Master routine for combining programs
  • Transfer of Staged program to Current
  • Tool reconciliation for Master Programs
  • Parasolid file converter (optional)

Control Options

Parasolid File Converter
  • Import and convert 3D CAD data into ProtoTRAK programs
  • Chaining
DXF File Converter
  • Import and convert 2D CAD data into ProtoTRAK programs
  • DXF or DWG files
  • Chaining
  • Automatic Gap Closing
  • Layer control
  • Easy, prompted process that can be done at the machine
CAM Out Converter
  • Save ProtoTRAK files as CAM files for running on different controls
4th Axis Option
  • Hardware and software that allows true 4th axis interpolation. Includes indexer,tailstock and fixture plate.